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ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER

ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER

Antisocial personality disorder is one of the most challenging personality disorders. A person with such disorder is irresponsible, impulsive, and ignorant towards the feelings of others. Persons with this disorder do not show remorse or guilt for their acts. They also appear to be deceitful, manipulative, reckless and often treat others harshly.

Mental health conditions affect a person’s way of thinking, feelings, and social relationships with others.

An individual with an antisocial personality disorder is highly expected to commit illegal acts or violate the law. It was also been discovered that men with antisocial personality disorder are more likely to misuse alcohol and drugs. Also, persons with antisocial personality disorder generally have relationship problems. Due to such behaviors, they are unable to fulfill their responsibilities.

SYMPTOMS

A person with an antisocial personality disorder may:

  • Neglect the difference between right and wrong
  • Lie and deceive to abuse others
  • Outsmart them with their charms or wit to manipulate them for their gain
  • Show arrogance or be extremely opinionated
  • Commit criminal offenses
  • Violate the right of others through intimidation
  • Fail to plan thoroughly due to impulsive behavior
  • Show signs of hostility, significant irritability, agitation, aggression or violence
  • Have no or little concern about harming others
  • Act recklessly or dangerously
  • Have abusive relationships
  • Fail to consider the negative effects of their behavior
  • Irresponsible

An antisocial personality disorder may be considered lifelong for some people. However, other symptoms like destructive and criminal behavior may decrease over time.

TYPES

Other common types of leg ulcer include:

  • Arterial leg ulcers
  • Diabetic leg ulcers
  • Malignant leg ulcers
  • Traumatic leg ulcers
  • Vasculitic leg ulcers

Ulcers in the foot are usually caused by diabetes.

 

SYMPTOMS

Itching, pain, and swelling in the affected leg are characteristic symptoms of a venous leg ulcer.

Discoloration, hardening of the skin around the ulcer, and presence of a foul-smelling discharge may also be present when you have a venous leg ulcer.

If you have a venous leg ulcer, you may exhibit the following conditions:

  • discoloration and darkening of the skin around the ulcer
  • swollen ankles
  • red, flaky, scaly and itchy skin on your legs
  • swollen and enlarged veins on your legs
  • hardened skin around the ulcer, which may make your leg feel hard
  • a heavy feeling in your legs
  • an unpleasant and foul-smelling discharge from the ulcer
  • aching or swelling in your legs

 

Signs of an infection

Opportunistic pathogens could cause secondary bacterial infections due to the ulcer. 

Symptoms of an infected leg ulcer may include:

  • a green or unpleasant discharge coming from the ulcer
  • fever
  • redness and swelling of the skin around the ulcer
  • worsening pain
  • an unpleasant smell coming from the ulcer

DIAGNOSIS

Medical experts may provide treatments for symptoms like anxiety, depression, angry outbursts, or for treatment of drug abuse.

An individual with this disorder may not accurately provide an account of symptoms and signs. However, diagnosing an affected person through the help of others might be useful for information gathering. Family and friends of the individual with an antisocial personality disorder may provide helpful information to help the physician identify the signs and symptoms.

After excluding other health problems, the health care provider may now refer the patient to a mental health professional for further evaluation.

Diagnosing a person with an antisocial personality disorder is typically based on:

  • Medical and personal history
  • Symptoms listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
  • A psychological examination that uncovers feelings, thoughts, behavioral patterns, relationships, and family history

It is often hard to determine if a person is suffering from such a disorder. However, a history of behaviors such as violating school rules, skipping school, and other disruptive behaviors may help the physician confirm his diagnosis.

Immediate medical attention for persons with an antisocial personality disorder may help improve long-term outcomes.

TREATMENT

An antisocial personality disorder may be difficult to treat, but continuous treatment and follow-ups may be beneficial. Treatment usually depends on each person’s willingness, situation, and the severity of symptoms.

An antisocial personality disorder may be treated through:

Psychotherapy

Talk therapy or psychotherapy is sometimes used to treat patients with antisocial personality disorder. Therapy may include, treatment for drug abuse, anger management, and other mental health conditions.

However, if a patient shows severe symptoms, and the patient can’t admit the seriousness of the effects of his behavior; this kind of treatment may not be effective in treating such disorder.

Medications

The Food and Drug Administration has no specific medications to treat antisocial personality disorder. However, some medical experts may prescribe the use of medicines for depression, anxiety, or aggression. It is not advised to take such drugs without consulting your physician.

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